Review: The Pacifist by Jenny Holiday

pacifistReviewed by Janell

This is the third in Jenny Holiday’s adorable eighties-set New Wave Newsroom Series. In the first, we met Jenny and hot moody art guy Matthew (excuse me I died of his hotness). In the second, Dawn stood out as the smart, driven investigator who’s noticed by the campus cop (swoon). Here, newspaper photographer Tony pursues Laraline, the grad student just itching to break free from her father’s control.

I have to say off the bat that Tony didn’t do it for me. Usually I’m all about the less alpha hero, but his casual demeanor didn’t have enough fire for me. Tony loves women. He has a twin sister, he’s friends with a lot of women, he enjoys sex with them. He’s a nice guy who’s gotten distracted in college, so now he’s in his fifth year, trying really hard to graduate. [Read more…]

Review: The Gossip by Jenny Holiday

gossipReviewed by Janell

This is the second adorable novella in the New Wave Newsroom series. I gushed about the first here, when it was part of an anthology, and now it’s a standalone called The Fixer, and you should get it.

Dawn is the gossip columnist for the school paper. We first meet her when she’s a freshman trying to buy alcohol, hoping to get into the right sorority. Frankly, I wasn’t excited about Dawn. She seemed like a ditsy social climber.

We first meet Arturo, Officer Perez, when he busts Dawn for said alcohol purchase. Arturo is a campus cop, nine years older than Dawn. I’ll admit that I was wary about such an age difference, especially with Dawn being such a clueless freshman. But then something wonderful happened: the book skipped ahead. [Read more…]

Review: His Heart’s Revenge by Jenny Holiday

DESIGNED BY TOJ PUBLISHING SERVICES WWW.TOJPUBLISHING.COMReviewed by Janell

This is the latest in Jenny Holiday’s series about not-quite-billionaires working in not-quite-the-tallest building in Toronto, and it’s her first male-male romance. In her previous books, the stoic businessman was toppled by a woman he didn’t expect. Here, two bankers fight over a client while also fighting their attraction.

Alex and Cary met at summer camp. For several years they were unlikely summer friends; Cary was the popular athlete while Alex was the poor nerd. Then, when they were sixteen, there was a moment of wonder followed by a moment of betrayal, and they’ve been distant ever since. [Read more…]

Review: 80s Mix Tape Anthology

80s mix tapeReviewed by Janell

So this is an anthology with stories based on 80s song titles. I’m not good at reviewing anthologies, I only got this because it has a Jenny Holiday story in it and, well, you know. *fangirl* To make this easier on myself, I didn’t read every story. Sorry. So, in case you’re interested, there’s a reunited lovers story, a reunited childhood friends story, a motorcycle club story, and a one-night-changing-everything story. [Read more…]

Review: Viscountess of Vice by Jenny Holiday

viscountess of viceReviewed by Janell

I’m a fan of Jenny Holiday’s contemporary series, so I read this historical even though it had spies. Here’s something about me: I don’t do well with most intrigue plots in my historicals. I’m not familiar enough with the politics and wars of the time to feel like, “yes, I know exactly what you’re talking about,” so I don’t know what’s important to the plot or what’s just accurate window dressing. And, bottom line, I like regular ballroom scenes with wallflowers and ratafia and rogues, and I feel like some of the subtle connections get tossed out when the characters go chasing after bad guys. So, that’s me, and I’m sure I’m a minority. [Read more…]

Review: The Engagement Game by Jenny Holiday

engagement gameReviewed by Janell

I freely admit that I am a fangirl for this series. The men are non-annoying rich guys and the women are competent and full of self-esteem. So much smartness and insight! I’ll try not to quote everything I highlighted.

Marcus is the head of an ad agency. Rose works at a save-the-environment nonprofit. He sends her a donation, she accidentally sends him a letter to her friend instead of the form letter thank you. He looks up her picture, realizes she would really piss off his father, and with a little bribery and blackmail, they’re fake engaged. Did I mention fake boyfriends are my favorite? [Read more…]

Review: Sleeping With Her Enemy by Jenny Holiday

sleeping with her enemyReviewed by Janell

This is the second in a series about hot, rich guys who work on the 49th floor of a fancy Toronto office building. I loved the first one; it made me realize that not all romance heroes in suits were cold, domineering jerks. So I was anxious and hopeful about the second book — would I believe in the romance? It’s totally different from the first book and, yep, I believed it. [Read more…]

Janell’s Favorite Books of 2014

2014I spent a lot of time this year reading older books, so I hope you don’t mind some oldies at the top of my list.

heirThe Heir by Grace Burrowes (2010)

This book is a few years old, but it was new to me this year, and it has one of my favorite tropes: woman goes undercover as housekeeper. In a nice twist, the Earl of Westhaven doesn’t immediately lust after his new employee. Instead, he appreciates her competency and her baked goods. Anna performs her role well, and she only slowly develops a familiarity with her employer. Let me emphasize “slowly.” This is a long book with a slow burn, which I really enjoyed. [Read more…]

Review: Saving the CEO by Jenny Holiday

saving the ceoReviewed by Janell

Confession: I was never into the billionaire craze, because they all seemed to be alphahole control freaks, and that is not my type of romance hero. Now, I’m not sure if the hero in this book is a billionaire, but he is a rich businessman, and I ordinarily would have passed this book right by.

However, I follow @TropeHeroine on Twitter, who posts gems such as: “You’re no one until there’s a wager about you in the book at White’s.” “I babble when flustered (which is pretty much all the time around you) even though I am otherwise a very successful litigator.” “I like a man who smells of soap and man.”  “I often look in mirrors and make note of my own hair and eye color. I might forget what I look like otherwise.” On and on, insightfully. [Read more…]